Your Tax Obligations as a Non-Professional Taxpayer

In our last post, we introduced our series on tax return filing for non-professional taxpayers in Cameroon. Now, let’s get into the details of what you need to declare for your tax obligations.

What Are Tax Obligations?

Tax obligations refer to the responsibilities you have in declaring and paying taxes based on your income. As a non-professional taxpayer, it’s essential to know what types of income you need to report. According to Section 24 of the general tax code, you must declare various categories of income.

Categories of Income

Here’s a breakdown of the types of income you need to report:

  • Salaries and Wages: Any money you earn from employment. This includes your basic salary, bonuses, and any allowances you receive.
  • Pensions and Life Annuities: Payments from pension plans and life insurance annuities.
  • Income from Stocks and Shares: Dividends and profits from stocks and shares. For instance, if you own shares in a company and receive dividend payments, this income must be declared.
  • Income from Real Estate: Earnings from renting out properties. This includes residential, commercial, and any other type of real estate rental income.
  • Profits from Handicraft, Industrial, and Commercial Activities: Income from personal business activities. If you run a small business or engage in any form of commercial enterprise, the profits are taxable.
  • Profits from Farming Business: Earnings from agricultural activities, including crop production and livestock farming.
  • Profits from Non-Commercial and Related Professions: This includes income from freelance or consultancy work, and other non-commercial professions.

Keeping Records

Maintaining accurate records of all these income sources is crucial. Ensure you have documentation such as pay slips, rental agreements, and business records, as these will support your declarations.

Example

Let’s take an example to make this clearer:

Suppose you have a salary of XAF3,000,000 annually. In addition, you receive XAF500,000 from renting out a property and XAF200,000 from dividends on stocks. Your total income for the year is XAF3,700,000. Each of these income sources must be reported on your tax return.

Deductions

While you report these incomes, you can also claim deductions to reduce your taxable income. Common deductions include personal allowances and certain expenses, such as medical costs or educational fees. We’ll cover deductions in more detail in a later post.

Disclaimer

Next Steps

In our next post, we’ll guide you through using the impots.cm portal to file your returns online. It’s simpler than you might think!

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Feel free to ask questions in the comments or refer back to our introductory post here for a refresher.


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